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Memory Books

Memory Books
Scene from "Memory Books" (photo © Kick Film GmbH)

In Uganda, AIDS-infected mothers have begun writing what they call Memory Books for their children.

Every evening Dennis and Chrissi brush their teeth in the dim glow of the oil lamp. The 10-year-old watches his little sister conscientiously as they get ready for bed. Since their mother died of AIDS two years ago they are both orphans, two of more than two million of their kind in Uganda. But a unique project has emerged from the catastrophic conditions in this east African country: Memory Books, a chance for infected parents and their children to write openly, honestly and compassionately about their painful situation and help the children to gradually understand that they will soon be looking after themselves. Through the process of remembering and writing, both parents and children discover a sense of strength and solace that they could never have foreseen while creating what will quite likely become the most important road map that these orphans will have in life.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Christa Graf
Screenplay Christa Graf
Cinematography Roland Wagner
Carmen Kirchweger
Gert Wilden Jr.
Producer Jörg Bundschuh
Production Company Kick Film, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE, snakefilm/Zurich, SRF/Zurich
Runtime 90 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions French, German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals FIPA Biarritz 2008 (In Competition), Hot Docs Toronto 2008 (In Competition), Montreal PANAFRICA 2008 (In Competition), Solothurn 2008, DOK Fest Munich 2008, Monte Carlo 2008, Banff 2009, Créteil 2010
Awards Main Jury Prize Jeunes Europeens FIPA Biarritz 2008, Grand Prix Urti Monte Carlo 2008
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Volkart Stiftung
German Distributor Stardust Filmverleih/Munich

World Sales
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